AAPD Featured in Dental Story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution
August 25, 2014 09:52 AM
AAPD President Dr. Edward Moody and Dr. Rhea Haugseth were interviewed by Gracie Bonds with the Atlanta Journal Constitution for a story on how baby teeth shouldn’t be ignored. The article highlights multiple AAPD campaign key messages and references the "State of Little Teeth Report."
According to the article:
"A lot of parents are thinking it’s a baby tooth, they will lose it," said Dr. Rhea Haugseth, who has been a practicing pediatric dentist in Marietta for 32 years. "But even if they can get the pain under control, when they have a toothache, they are not eating or sleeping, so they can’t function very well. Sometimes a parent will see a cavity but they ignore it because they aren’t feeling the pain. Some kids have a high pain threshold, so they don’t complain. But it’s impacting their ability to function in school."
For low-income and minority children, the chances of getting cavities are even greater because they are less likely to see a dentist than other children are, said Dr. Edward Moody, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Even though the Affordable Care Act makes pediatric dental benefits more readily offered, he fears this trend may get worse rather than better. "Dental decay is the most common chronic disease in childhood, five times more common than asthma," Moody said. "What is most frustrating for our organization is that most tooth decay is preventable."
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